minister of Music emeritus
Ken Lowenberg served as CCPC’s Minister of Music from July 1968 to July 2006, when he retired and was named Minister of Music Emeritus. Ken began piano lessons in the second grade and organ lessons in high school. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Southern California.
After teaching music in public high schools in Indiana and Illinois for four years, he accepted a full scholarship to the College of Church Musicians at the Washington National Cathedral, where he studied for a year with Paul Callaway and others and worked with the cathedral choir. Upon graduation, he began his ministry at CCPC, where he built up a music program that included four graded choirs and a number of handbell choirs, later adding the community concert series (Chevy Chase Concerts) and such groups as the All Church Orchestra, the Gospel Choir, the Revelations Guitar Group, the First Service Praise Team, the Men’s Chorus, and several others.
He has been active in professional organizations such as the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, holding local, regional, and national offices in both organizations and earning his FAGO (Fellow of the American Guild of Organists) and CCM (Presbyterian Certified Church Musician). Ken composed a number of anthems and pieces for choirs and bell choirs during his CCPC years, many of which have been published, and he plans to do more composing in his retirement.